MBR reviews Simple Serenity by Nancy Oelklaus

Reviewer’s Bookwatch: April 2022
Carolyn Wilhelm’s Bookshelf

I didn’t think I needed any more finding joy books, so started reading thinking it would be the same old. The author suggested writing, drawing, painting, or other activities to help process the book. Not just read it through? Well, it seems I changed my mind soon after beginning to read. This is not a “preachy” text as Oelklaus explains how her thoughts helped her to find peace. She discusses being “in love” as opposed to trying to fix other people. She explains how she stopped being a fixer of other people and says it is freeing to her to mind her own business.

Yes, some of the short writing pieces with questions at the end did seem quite easy. Some seemed to be great for writing group prompts, some seemed good for a reading group discussion warm-up, or even useful for art class. I think counselors might refer to some chapters for finding discussion topics. One of her ideas to solve feeling overwhelmed is explained in terms of her practical and step-by-step system. All in a very short chapter, which others could try although it is explained in terms of her own life. Her lesson from a ceiling fan recently happened to me after I found a telescoping and bending duster online, bought it, and was able to dust our ceiling fans. The vignettes are relatable. She asks:

“When have you felt as if you were being held hostage and your world was narrowing? How did you work your way out of it?”

A wardrobe can support the life you truly want to live, according to Oelklaus. She tells about buying three pieces of clothing and donating four. No piling all the clothes you own in one room, just thinking about the life you want.

She also discusses a “God box.” Any nagging thoughts can be put in such a box until you can see it clearly for what is really is about.

With poetry, stories from real life, and questions, this book offers a chance for a new view of life. Highly recommend.


Simple Serenity

SKU 978-1-61599-663-6
$16.95
Finding Joy in Your Life
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Teilhard de Chardin wrote: "Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire." I believe we are there, and I want to be part of spreading the energy of love, which is a daily decision. Let the parables and exercises in Simple Serenity guide you to embrace love and joy. Readers will learn to:

  • Focus on what's really important, with the ability to "tune out" the noise
  • Commit to the patience, kindness, and forgiveness that love requires.
  • Embrace peace in all things as a way of life.
  • Allow joy to come into your heart.

"I believe that Nancy is calling us to live our life for the HIGHEST GOOD. Sit in the stillness and consider SIMPLE SERENITY for your life every single day." --Sarah Payne Naylor, author of Crossing Rough Waters

"Simple Serenity, a soft light of hope and inspiration, is to be read and re-read. Oelklaus is more than a teacher. She is a wise friend and a comfort. A treasure." --Helen Delaney, author of The Messenger

Learn more at www.NancyOelklaus.com

From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

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Simple Serenity: Finding Joy in Your Life
Nancy Oelklaus
http://nancyoelklaus.com
Loving Healing Press
https://www.lhpress.com
9781615996636, $16.95 Paperback, $28.95 Hardcover, $4.95 Kindle, 168p

Carolyn Wilhelm, Reviewer
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